TimkenSteel Develops New Manufacturing Process for High-Pressure Tubing – TimkenSteel has reentered the polyethylene tubing market with its recent announcement that it has developed a new process to manufacture high-pressure tubing (HPT). The company has officially accepted its first order of HPT for a major petrochemical producer. “We have developed a more streamlined process using the assets and operations we have in place to create cost efficiencies. HPT that previously took more than a year to produce now takes a matter of months,” said Shawn Seanor, TimkenSteel's executive vice president of sales and business development. “Another advantage our process offers is flexibility, allowing customers to buy smaller lot sizes.” Full story.

Timken Company Gets Contract to Supply Gears for U.S. Navy – North Canton’s Timken Company announced it received a potentially lucrative, multiyear contract from the U.S. Department of Defense to provide engineering and main reduction gears, or MRGs, for the Navy’s next generation of Arleigh Burke DDG 51 class ships. If the contract options are exercised, the cumulative value of the contract could reach more than $1 billion over its life. “We've worked alongside the U.S. Navy for many decades and are proud to continue supplying our engineering expertise and Philadelphia Gear products and services for this important class of multi-mission ships,” said Carl D. Rapp, vice president of the Power Systems group for Timken. Full story.

Akron-Canton Airport to Unveils Latest Master Plan – Airport managers have unveiled some of the latest proposals for changes and upgrades at the Akron-Canton Airport. The new plan considers information from a variety of areas: customer experience, feedback from commercial airline travelers, and input from businesses that operate at the property. Businesses that use the airport or are based on the property provide 3,000 jobs. The facility generates $500 million toward the area’s economy. Most of the master plan, which was prepared with help from CHA Consulting, Environmental Design Group and others, was paid for with federal funds. The expansions also rely on federal dollars. Full story.

Stark County Continues to Rank 2nd in Ohio for Number of High School Students Enrolled in College – An Ohio Department of Higher Education report shows that Stark County remains in second place among the Ohio's 88 counties in the number of high school students enrolled for college credit at state colleges and universities. Stark is second to only Cuyahoga in the total number of high school students registered. That ranking has been held for the past five years. Full story.

Utica Upstream Business Seminar – Utica shale oil and gas exploration has slowed because of supply and price problems. But it will come back; the question is when. Attend Utica Upstream, a business development seminar, April 6 at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, produced by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and Shale Directories. Hear a national oil analyst, a PhD economist, a state regulator and an oil and gas producer, among others, as they present information you need to advise your business interests in energy. For agenda information and registration, go to www.uticacapital.com.

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